I guess it’s Reason night tonight — I haven’t hit their site much lately and am trying to catch up (I also catch up on the magazine on plane flights then donate them to my physician wife’s waiting room). For a more objective view at the
racist immigration related banter floating about, one might wish to take a look at Nick Gillespie’s latest about Rep. Tom Tancredo’s proposal to force everyone to speak English. Here’s a clip:
Thank you, Middle Eastern 9/11 hijackers, for finally getting the point through our thick skulls (forgive our slowness, but all too many of us are descended from immigrants) that the greatest security threat to the United States is the influx of Spanish speakers from across the border with Mexico. […]
It’s embarrassing enough — humiliating really – that the United States doesn’t have a state religion, which would facilitate community and national identity. […]
…I think about my maternal grandfather, Nicola Guida, who showed up at Ellis Island (what a polyglot slum that was!) in 1913 and then proceeded to waste most of his time working manual labor jobs like quarrying rock and digging basements by hand and raising four children rather than taking the time to learn English, the ingrate. It’s one of the great pities of my life that, because I speak no Italian (other than what I picked via the Godfather movies) and he spoke no English (other than what he picked up watching Gunsmoke, his favorite TV show), I was never able to communicate effectively to him just how un-American he was.
If you haven’t figured it out already, you’ll have to hit his article to see why I accused him of talking mierda.